Many people have asked us what our favorite place in Maine might be since our trip in the Fall of 2017. Of course, there are many, but for Tennessee landlubbers like us, sailing the Bowdoin on Penobscot Bay has to be a memory for a lifetime.
It was the dream of Donald B. McMillan to sail to the Arctic Circle, and that dream in 1921 led to the hiring of a Naval architect, William B. Hand, to design the schooner Bowdoin (named after McMillan’s alma mater Bowdoin College) that would eventually make 30 trips to the Arctic, 25 under the command of McMillan. After serving several owners, Bowdoin finally came under the ownership of the Maine Maritime Academy (located in Castine) for use as a sail training vessel.
When not in use for training cadets, Maine Maritime Academy allows community residents and visitors to set sail if crews are available. And that’s how we were allowed to sail the smooth waters of Penobscot Bay one golden October afternoon.
Hoisting the sails, experiencing the quiet of a sail boat on placid waters, and seeing Dice Head Light from the deck of Bowdoin remain some of our fondest memories of Maine. Most assuredly, we were in a favorite place.
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